Why do we look at design magazines? For me it is not only for indulgence in luxurious visual eye-candy but to confirm and to be inspired by fresh interior design ideas. I also follow the local newspaper’s home section to see what interior design challenges can be solved with conceptual suggestions by a local interior designer. Although always informational, I don’t always see a design that I would implement. However, I saw a brilliant idea just featured that I had never really thought of before — how to treat corners!!
Corners are often problematic for decorating. Furniture usually must align parallel or perpendicularly to them — unless you use a corner cabinet, which are often unappealing or something specifically designed for corner placement, like these beautiful pair of antique red oak cabinets with sculpted edges via Chic Provence. The idea I saw, however, makes furniture placement in relation to corners secondary.
We all know about accent walls but what about an accent corner? In the design challenge in the House Calls section of the Home Section of The Washington Post, interior designer Jessica Granda Bonness of JGB Interiors came up with a very clever concept to paint the corner with horizontal stripes. This gives visual focus, a pop of color that immediately draws your attention to what she describes as a reading nook. Her design was intended to break up the space into designated areas because the unusual problem with this challenge was having too much space in the room. The result is a family-friendly, multifunctional space rather than one big not-fully-used sunroom.
This idea got me thinking, why not treat any corner as an accent wall? It might be good to paint yourself in a corner! Then again, if you didn’t want to paint those stripes, Casart has a solution for stripes that look like they were painted but there is no measuring, no taping, no painting and no touch ups with the Karen Robertson Collection Signature Color Stripes. As a decorative painter, I know how tedious painting stripes can be. With our self adhesive strips that can be designed into a stripe pattern, this can be a quick and easy and time free task. They can be positioned horizontally or vertically. They can also be repositioned with the patented PSA (pressure sensitive adhesive) and removed, stored and reused even seasonally. Although not pictured on corners – yet, here are just a few lovely examples.
Now I’m going to start thinking about all of our designs shifting to corners as well as on accent walls. Brilliant concept that could make corners a welcome spot to decorate.
While I’m thinking of this, here’s a fun thing for you to check out, our new, similar to “paint yourself in a corner” type Pinterest board called Sticky Situations. I can think of a whole bunch, from actual sticky things to awkward moments, and we’ve all had a few. We encourage you to follow us and email us ([email protected]) so you can be a contributor and pin your ideas – we will all be able to relate.